The Central New England Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office is involved in programs to restore, enhance, and manage a number of migratory fish species and the habitats they depend upon. Species of primary concern include American shad, alewife, blueback herring, Atlantic salmon and American eel. Programs include fish population assessments, hatchery product evaluations, habitat restoration, fish trap and transfer, and movement studies.
Staff participate on technical, policy, and assessment committees and related work groups involving fish passage issues, dam removals, restoration planning, and restoration evaluations. Activities are conducted in collaboration with state and federal agencies, watershed groups, fishing clubs, and other non-government organizations. The office conducts assessments and develops management plans for aquatic resources on Service and other federal lands.
Fish and Wildlife Service Ends Investments in Merrimack River Atlantic Salmon Program; Shifts Focus to Shad, other Fish Species
For immediate release: September 5, 2013
For further information: Joe McKeon, 603-595-3586; Terri Edwards, 413-253-8324
Based on continued low annual sea-run salmon returns and shrinking Federal budgets, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced it will end its investment in the more than 30-year old Atlantic salmon restoration in the Merrimack River.
The Service has worked cooperatively with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service, and the U.S.Forest Service to raise and stock Atlantic salmon for the Merrimack River at two hatcheries: Nashua National Fish Hatchery in New Hampshire, and North Attleboro National Fish Hatchery in Massachusetts.
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